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Modric is now Real Madrid’s sixth most experienced player

Luka Modric turned 36 last month, but the Croatian is still as good as ever, starting all of Real Madrid’s games. He’s establishing himself as one of the club’s all-time great veterans. Only five players have made more than the 55 appearances Modric has made after turning 35 in September of 2020.

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About the Croatian Footballer

He primarily plays as a central midfielder, although he also can play as an attacking or defensive midfielder. He is largely considered to be one of the best midfielders of his generation, as well as the greatest Croatian player of all time.

Modric made his Croatian debut against Argentina in March 2006 and scored his first international goal against Italy in a friendly match. Modric became the first Croatian player to win the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award in 2018, and he became the first player in more than a decade to win the Best FIFA Men’s Player and Ballon d’Or trophies without Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. He received the Golden Foot award for career results and personality in 2019.

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The Most Experienced Player

By appearing in the Espanyol game, the midfielder overtook Amancio’s 54 points, and currently, only trails Gento (69), Miguel Angel (93), Alfredo Di Stefano (99), Ferenc Puskas (120), and Paco Buyo (160) in this category.

To still be playing for Real Madrid regularly at such an old age in the modern era is a remarkable feat. Others, like Iker Casillas, Raul, and Sergio Ramos, have failed to achieve what the Croatian has. As a 35-year-old, he can yet add to his record of appearances. After appearing in 48 of 52 games in the 2020/21 season, it wouldn’t be surprising if he repeats the feat this season. Modric is still an important player for Croatia, and he is aiming for a place in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar when he will be 37 years old. Few doubt that he will be able to compete in the next international football festival


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